Post title: A bowl with a dusting of soap powder- comment on Brad Warner's "Hardcore Zen"
(Jan 12 2012 at 06:28 PM)
I continue to work with the description in "The Mudra of Zen", and in "Translations of Motion in the Lotus". This morning I was able to correlate a feeling for the ilio-lumbars with relaxation in the extensors, and a certain uprightness in the area of the low back. Interesting, for me, as I have never followed the advice to "keep your back straight", in part because I don't seem to have the feeling to make that possible (yet). My take is that activity in the sartorius and gluts (caused by stretc
Post title: How do we inspire ourselves to sit?- comment on Brad Warner's Hardcore Zen
(Jan 5 2012 at 11:51 PM)
I, too, feel a deep sense of gratitude to the Zen teachers who came to this country, and to some of the teachers who became authorized to teach here and have kept the practice going for anyone who is interested. The real question is how do we inspire ourselves to sit the cross-legged pose for thirty minutes or forty, once or twice or several times a day? I guess one way that it's been done in the past, intentionally or not, is with the promise of the respect and authority of the title of lineage
Post title: Storing Ch'i in the Tan-T'ien (Response to Drew Hempel, from The Tao Bums)
(Jan 1 2012 at 11:51 PM)
I guess the question for us both is how the chi comes to be "stored" in the tan-t'ien. Chunyi Lin seems to encourage you to think the long sitting will work the trick for you; his remark about looking at how long someone can sit the lotus to see if they've mastered energy says it all, in that regard.
I realize that there can be a feeling of absorption occasioned by impact when consciousness occurs in the vicinity of the tan-t'ien, and this is a pleasant thing, which informs my sense of locat
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